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A student details how the Accumold Scholars Program works.

The Accumold Scholars program is designed to fill Accumold’s critical talent pipeline by attracting high quality students. The program is specially designed in partnership with Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC), and students who enroll in the program receive college tuition reimbursement, and paid on-the-job training. I sat down with Ronald Bair, a current Accumold…

Alyson Riesberg and Ronald Bair

What is the lead time for micro molding?

It’s a question we get quite a bit from OEMs and engineers, what is the lead time for micro molding? Generally speaking, the lead time for micro mold tooling is 4-7 weeks, but depending on the project, the time frame can change. Factors that determine micro mold lead time Depending on internal work load, our…

Aaron Johnson on The Robot Industry Podcast

Our own Vice President of Customer Strategy, Aaron Johnson, was invited onto the The Robot Industry Podcast to discuss the invention of micro molding and the demand for micro plastics. Show host Jim Beretta asked what actually classifies as micro molding, how many cavities our typical injection molding project has, the kinds of resin we…

Aaron Johnson on The Robot Industry Podcast (Continued)

The Robot Industry Podcast transcript starts on Page 1 » Jump To Audio » This transcript has been lightly edited for readability. Beretta: I’m used to your classic, traditional, automotive mold sizes. What’s a mold look like in micro molding and do you have thousands of cavities or how does that work? Johnson: That’s a…

The micro mold brings miniaturization to MedTech

Micro mold technology creates injection molded components that observe micron tolerances and incredible levels of detail. Due to the miniaturization of medical devices, this technology has become the lynchpin for medtech’s most incredible medical breakthroughs. Medical devices, including both surgical and implantable, once the size of a pager, are being reduced to the size of…

Micro Molding: The toolroom perspective & DfMM

There is a world of difference between how a product looks on a computer screen and reality. At the beginning of the design stage of product development, it is vital to give due consideration to the scale of micro molded part — especially the scale of some of its internal features. Put simply: parts may…

How To Avoid Supply Chain Disruption

The COVID-19 pandemic crippled the global supply chain delaying critical medical supplies, and even your favorite toilet paper. But Accumold was relatively unaffected, escaping the fate so many other companies suffered from. This wasn’t by accident, and we’re eager to share the decisions we made years ago to help you prevent supply chain disruption. Many…

Even micro flaws can become a big deal.

Standard deviation exists in every single project. The two by fours framing out your new kitchen all vary in length to a small degree. It is minuscule (hopefully) but it is present. The same is true in manufacturing. Producing the highest quality part requires understanding any potential flaws that could affect their application, major or…

High-Flow Resin Challenges For Injection Molding

When designing a new device, component, or complex injection-molded part, world-class OEM engineers and rookies alike come to the same choke point when selecting the perfect micro mold material. Your instinct may be to opt for a familiar or even high-flow resin but dealing with microscopic tolerances completely re-writes material selection.  Every OEM designer and…

What’s More Difficult Than Molding A Micro Part? Handling it.

How do you grab a plastic part and package it, leaving no evidence you even touched it? In the small world of micro molding (MM), mold design is certainly a challenge, but handling the parts themselves can be even more challenging at times, especially at high speeds. At times, these parts seemingly violate the laws…